Podcast Review: The Magnus Archives (Season 1)

cover-image-kn7dv15w-tma_s5_logo_1950_x_1950_Name: The Magnus Archives

Type: Horror, Mystery

Release Date: March 24th, 2016 




Jonathan Sims is installed as the new Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute after the previous Archivist, Gertrude Robinson, passed away. As the Archives are in a state of complete disorder, John decided to organize, digitize, and record audio versions of the statements. However, some of these statements are unable to be digitized and must be recorded on a tape recorder. Each recording consists of an introduction, the statement, and supplemental commentary. Though initially skeptical of what he reads in the statements, John discovers a deeper mystery between the statements which suggests the dark forces described in them are very real indeed.

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This is the first review I’ve written for a podcast on this blog. I don’t listen to many podcasts, to be completely honest. I prefer to spend my time with my nose glued to a book or my eyes on a tv screen. But I have A LOT to say about this one, so where else would I put down my thoughts than my blog?

I kept hearing about this horror podcast. If you know me, you know I adore horror. There’s just something so remarkably human about horror stories. We write them to feel less scared, I think. There’s comfort in knowing there’s thousands, perhaps millions, who are scared of the same things as you are.

So I knew right away I had to give The Magnus Archives a listen. And I’m SO glad I did. 

I know I don’t listen to many podcasts, but I swear this one is the most unique one I have listened to. It is mostly anthological, although there is an overarching plot, which is really fun to piece together. 

Some of the one off episodes that I still regularly think about are: 

  • The episode of the woman who dreams of a world that predicts deaths. She can’t prevent these deaths (which she sadly learns in the case of her father), but she does try to warn people. This was SO fascinating. 
  • The vampire hunter. He’s a homeless man who watched his brother be killed by a vampire when he was a teenager. Now he actively hunts them. Vampires are described in a unique way. 
  • The garbage man who found a garbage bag full of teeth. Every tooth was from a separate person. Where did the teeth come from?????

The main character, Jonathan Sims, has a wonderful voice. I admit I mostly listened to these before bed and found myself falling asleep midway through an episode on more than one occasion. That’s how soothing his voice is. 

I also found myself forgetting that each statement was read by the same character. He was able to embody each character so well. 

I really loved the quiet representation as well. There were several queer characters. I also know from spoilers that there are more to come, which I like. 

I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will say that Jane Prentiss is maybe one of the scariest antagonists I’ve ever encountered. That might be my trypophobia talking though. I’m just cringing even thinking about it. BUT I LOVE THAT. That’s exactly why horror can be fun. 

Anyways, I’ve rambled on enough in this review. Please check this podcasts out if you like horror!! I can’t wait to listen to the other seasons. I’m excited to learn more about some of the other characters such as Martin, Tim, Sasha, and Elias (I can’t pinpoint why but I DON’T trust Elias at all.) 

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Do you listen to podcasts? Have you listened to The Magnus Archives? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comment section! I also would really like some more recommendations for podcasts!! 

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